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1 Road to CIVIL WAR

2 Settling Differences Essential Q’s…
Why did the Mexican Cession divide the North and South? How did Northerners and Southerners try to settle their differences?

3 Who Am I ?

4 Daniel Webster… “I wish to speak today, not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man, but as an American… I speak for the preservation of the Union.” *March 7, 1850

5 U.S. Expansion means… LET’S fight amongst ourselves over the new land!!! - The issue of SLAVERY in new lands divides us… NORTH vs. SOUTH - The Missouri Compromise (1820) had kept things equal between N and S - What would come of the new lands acquired in the Mexican Cession?

6 Wilmot Proviso -David Wilmot (anti-slavery Democrat) passes the Wilmot Proviso in the House of Representatives, outlawing slavery in all land acquired from Mexico - Senate defeats the bill (North and South representation was equal)

7 Sectionalism - People are more loyal to their state or region than to the country as a whole. - How do Southerners feel? - There way of life is being threatened! -How do Northerners feel? - Abolitionists - slavery is morally wrong

8 Lewis Cass - Lewis Cass of Michigan believes that the voters who live in a territory should decide whether the states that they form should be slave or free. - When the people rule, you have… - POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY

9 ELECTION of 1848 - Democrats (strength in the South) nominate…
- LEWIS CASS (Michigan) - Whigs (strength in the North) nominate… - Zachary Taylor (Mex. War hero) that owned a plantation in Louisiana with more than 100 slaves (Fillmore, a NY moderate, is his running mate)

10 ELECTION of 1848 - Free-Soil party - Why does it form?
- Some Northerners will not back a slaveholder! - “Free soil, free speech, free labor, and free men!” - Former President, Martin Van Buren, is their man

11 ELECTION of 1848 - Taylor is the winner!!!
- Free Soil party receives an impressive number of votes… - Slave issue matters to the people! - Political parties need to listen to the people!

12 California - By end of 1849, 95,000 people have “rushed” to California
- Convention in fall of 1849 involves adoption of constitution prohibiting slavery - Free states already had majority in the House, and now they would have it in the Senate. - Southern leaders threaten to secede

13 Who Am I ?

14 John C. Calhoun - Argues that continued anti-slavery legislation by the North would lead to eventual rule by African Americans - He warns Americans about a race war - Many slaveholding Southerners disagree with Calhoun, but some do agree

15 Who Am I ?

16 Compromise of 1850 - Henry Clay is the man!!!
- He’s the “Great Compromiser” - Worked out Missouri Comp. of 1820

17 Compromise of 1850 - Calhoun rejects any compromise as unfair to the South and believes that the North has already been too hostile - Webster gives a speech in favor of the compromise - Clay’s rival supports his attempt to preserve the Union - Stephen A. Douglas (Illinois) creates five bills out of Clay’s work (pass in Sept. of 1850) *Taylor may not have approved, but he had died in July… Fillmore signs the bills

18 Compromise of 1850 - Webster says, “I can now sleep… the Union stands firm.” - MANY SOUTHERNERS STILL WANT SECESSION!!!!!

19 Moving Closer to Conflict Essential Q’s…
How do Northerners react to the Fugitive Slave Act? Why does the Kansas-Nebraska Act cause bloodshed? How does Dred Scott affect slavery in the territories?

20 Fugitive Slave Act Northerner’s reaction… ANGER

21 Fugitive Slave Act Aid fugitive slaves and get…
Fines of $1,000 and six months in jail

22 Fugitive Slave Act Slave Hunters… - offer rewards
- catch free African Americans - free or runaway Africans Americans cannot testify for own defense

23 Abolition Harriet Tubman - former slave and conductor in the UGRR

24 Abolition Frederick Douglas - runaway slave and abolitionist speaker

25 Abolition Sojourner Truth - Former slave, stood up for rights of all

26 Abolition William Lloyd Garrison - publisher of abolitionist ideas

27 Abolition Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)

28 Kansas-Nebraska Act - Stephen A. Douglas proposes this…
- Divide the Nebraska Territory into Nebraska and Kansas - each would have popular sovereignty - President Pierce (Democrat elected in 1852) supports this and helps it get passed - Southerners envision slaveholders moving in from Missouri

29 Kansas-Nebraska Act - Northerners are NOT happy…
- It cancels the Missouri Compromise - It opens the possibility of more slave states AND… THE RACE IS ON!!! Move. Move. Move.

30 Kansas-Nebraska Act - Violence in Kansas..
- Lawrence is a “free-soil” stronghold - Border Ruffians move in from Missouri - vote illegally for pro-slavery - What were the “black laws”? - Ruffians and Pro-Slavery advocates loot, burn and kill in Lawrence - John Brown comes for revenge and kills 5 pro-slavery settlers - 200 die in Bleeding Kansas

31 Kansas-Nebraska Act

32 Violence in the Senate - Charles Sumner denounces Andrew Butler and supporters of the violence in Kansas - Preston Brooks takes revenge and beats him with a cane!!!

33 Violence in the Senate

34 Dred Scott Supreme Court (Roger B. Taney) says that Dred Scott cannot sue, b/c he’s not a citizen -ALSO… Missouri Compromise is unconstitutional (banning slavery in territories would require an amendment)

35 A New Political Party - Republican Party (new again) - state-level Republicans, abolitionists, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska Whigs and Democrats - John C. Fremont - Democratic Party (southerners) - James Buchanan (PA) - Popular Sovereignty - Know-Nothing - Millard Fillmore

36 Lincoln - Douglas 1858 - Illinois Senate Race - DEBATES
- It’s all about SLAVERY - Popular Sovereignty vs. Morals - Lincoln’s House Divided speech - Debate about Dred Scott - Lincoln loses the race, but he gains much recognition and respect

37 John Brown Attacks at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (1859)
- Occupied an armory - Seized a nearby rifle factory - Wanted to start a slave revolt - Brown refused to flee when he could have escaped - Robert E. Lee was sent to capture Brown - 10 of his men (2 of his sons) were killed * Many mixed feelings about Brown

38 John Brown

39 Election of 1860 - Democratic Party split between Douglas and Breckinridge (Kentucky) - Douglas - Popular Sovereignty - Breckinridge - Dred Scott - Republican… LINCOLN * Lincoln wins and the South is MAD!!

40 Preface I “Peculiar institution.”
Jackson – “I would rather die in the last ditch than see the Union disunited.” Calhoun – “The Union – next to our liberty, most dear.”

41 Preface II “We began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a ‘sacred right of government.’ These principles cannot stand together.” - LINCOLN

42 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War What were they fighting over?
Chapter 1 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War What were they fighting over?

Strong NAVY DISADVANTAGES: Divided public opinion Troops away from home Inept, indecisive commanders (at first)

44 South ADVANTAGES: Defending HOMES, FAMILIES, LAND, WAY OF LIFE (liberty) Skilled, effective commanders United and Motivated Familiar land DISADVANTAGES: Ag. Economy (lacked supplies for war) No army at first, and no navy No National Government at first (see North Advantages)


46 Win in the North (Gettysburg)
Southern STRATEGIES DEFENSE!!! Offense on Small Scale Capture DC Get HELP from Europe Win in the North (Gettysburg)

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